In the 31-20 defeat to the Oakland Raiders, the Detroit Lions had a few injuries come their way. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hurt his non-throwing hand but is expected to be alright. However, the injuries that worry me personally more are the injuries to starting conerbacks Bill Bentley and Chris Houston.
With those two out of the game, it left the Lions with Jacob Lacey, Justin Miller, and Alphonso Smith as the replacements. To say the least, they didn’t do very well and coach Schwartz was not happy about the whole team’s performance in the second half.
Here is what he said, according to the Detroit Free Press:
“Second half was poor,” Schwartz said. “Offense, defense, special teams, it was a poor performance in the second half. And it’s disappointing when you get to this point in camp and roster cuts coming up and guys that are on the bubble trying to make a good impression, we need to play better than that under those circumstances. There were a lot of guys that didn’t play their best.”
This week was obviously not the Lions best game of the pre-season. The Lions will have a tough week, making 15 cuts by tomorrow at 4 p.m. and then have the 53 man roster by 9 p.m. on Friday.
The thing that worries me the most is the secondary. They already had to get rid of Aaron Berry and now with injuries to the two next best, it could be a long season for the Lions on the defensive side of the ball. I’m not quite sure how they are going to be able to stop anyone on defense. If they do, it will be because of the front seven getting the job done.
Let’s hope that Bentley and Houston will be good to go for the season opener and everything should be fine. But it will be the Achilles heal of the Lions’ success for the 2012 season.